Urban-Suburban program participation urged

ROCHESTER — A new partnership is expected to increase suburban student participation in the Urban-Suburban program.

Officials from the Rochester City School District and several suburban districts recently announced the Diversity of Opportunity Education Partnership, which will enable suburban students to enroll in several city programs and increase socioeconomic and cultural diversity in those schools, according to information at http://rcsdk12.org.

Beginning this fall, up to 30 students from the 13 districts that are part of the Urban-Suburban program may choose to attend Edison or East high schools and enroll in such programs as advanced manufacturing and design, culinary arts, information technology or precision optics. They also may enroll in P-TECH Rochester, which offers a free associate’s degree in information technology from Monroe Community College.

Incoming freshmen students are eligible. Applications will be accepted until June 30.

Also as part of the partnership, five students in the West Irondequoit Central School District may attend free prekindergarten at Helen Barrett Montgomery School No. 50 in the city. And students in Brighton will begin a pen pal program with students in the Spanish-English enrichment program at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12.

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